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Is the size of your pores bumming you out? You don’t have to go into hiding—it’s all about learning how to use the best makeup for large pores. While you technically can’t shrink the size of your pores, using the right makeup can help diminish their appearance. If you have large pores, keep reading to find out what you can do with your makeup look to help cover them up for a virtually flawless complexion. Here’s a hint: Our best pore-minimizing primer and foundation are about to be your new best friends. Pores, what pores?
If you have large pores, you’re actually in luck. As far as common skin care concerns go, large pores are one of the easier imperfections to conceal. Case in point, you can disguise enlarged pores by following this easy makeup routine.
Before getting into your makeup routine, it’s important to take the time to care for your complexion. The L'Oréal Paris Revitalift Derm Intensives 10% Pure Vitamin C Serum will help even your skin tone and fade the appearance of dark spots and discolorations. If you have mature skin, you can also try the L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Cell Renewal Golden Serum. This serum will boost radiance and—with continued use—leave you with younger-looking skin.
After applying your serum, follow up with a lightweight water-based moisturizer, like the L'Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care – Normal/Oily Skin, which is formulated to deliver instant hydration without weighing skin down. While this facial moisturizer won’t help minimize your pores, large pores commonly come with another skin concern: oily skin. And if you’re putting all that effort into minimizing the look of large pores, you’re likely interested in reducing your skin’s oily appearance too. That’s why adding a mattifying moisturizer to your skin care routine is a great idea.
As for a moisturizer that actually has pore-minimizing abilities, we have one of those, too. The L'Oréal Paris Revitalift Miracle Blur helps to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, lines, and pores. Bonus: It’s formulated with broad-spectrum SPF 30 sunscreen!
Whichever moisturizer you choose, smooth it over your entire face as the last step in your skin care routine.
It’s all about that base! Our best pore-minimizing primer can help smooth out your skin and make pores look smaller, leaving you with an even surface to apply the rest of your makeup look. The L’Oréal Paris Studio Secrets Professional Magic Perfecting Base has a silky, lightweight formula that glides onto skin, leaving it feeling velvety-smooth. It smooths lines and hides pores, plus it’s non-comedogenic and has a matte finish. As the first step in your makeup routine, apply the pore-minimizing primer dot by dot and blend it out using a gentle circular motion over your whole face or to targeted areas. For large pores in particular, apply the primer to your nose and cheeks to help minimize their appearance.
It’s time to put down your luminous face makeup! As much as we love them, foundations with a dewy finish may enhance the look of large pores by drawing attention to your skin. Instead, our best foundation for large pores has a matte finish that won’t reflect any light and will help draw the eye away from problem areas. Try the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Matte Foundation, which has an oil-free formula and a demi-matte finish that looks natural.
Put down your makeup brushes and pick up a makeup blender instead. Brushes can emphasize the look of your pores by leaving behind brush strokes, while a blender helps to create seamless coverage. Apply a small amount of foundation to the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Blend Artist Foundation Blender and quickly dab and roll the blender onto your skin to effortlessly blend the foundation.
Once your skin has a flawless matte base thanks to your primer and foundation, you’ll want to conceal any leftover imperfections using concealer. Use the L’Oréal Paris True Match™ Super-Blendable Multi-Use Concealer by applying it to any imperfections as well as in an upside-down triangle shape below each eye to leave them with a more awake and open look. This concealer offers high coverage and is ultra-buildable, making it perfect for this job!
After applying your foundation, follow up with a loose, translucent setting powder like the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Sweep & Lock Loose Setting Face Powder to help keep the rest of your makeup from shifting throughout the day and night. Dust a thin layer over your face with a big fluffy makeup brush to set your foundation.
Shimmery blushes can draw attention to your large pores in the same way that illuminating foundations can. Don’t worry, you can still give your complexion a natural-looking flush via blush—just make sure to pick up a matte shade. Apply your blush color of choice lightly, skimming over the apples of your cheeks. Try the L’Oréal Paris Paradise Enchanted Fruit-Scented Blush Makeup in Charming.
What pairs well with face makeup that blurs the look of pores? A classic cat eye and red lip makeup look, of course! Use the L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Lash Paradise Liquid Eyeliner in Black to create a small flick at the outer corner of your eyes.
Start by applying a lip liner to your lips to prime them for your lip color. Use the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Matte Lip Liner in In-Matte-Uated With You to outline your lips and also fill them in. Then, apply the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Matte Liquid Lipstick in Matador for a bold pout.
As a final step, set your makeup with the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Spray & Set Makeup Extender Setting Spray. Spritz the setting spray four to six times in a “T” and “X” shape to help extend the life of your just-applied makeup look for a long-lasting finish.
Additionally, there are also a few more skin care products that you can add to your skin care routine to minimize the appearance of your large pores. From using the right facial cleanser to pore-minimizing face creams, there are a variety of products available to help you have visibly smaller pores. While there is no way to get rid of pores—everyone has them—and like we said, you can’t actually shrink your pores, curating the right skin care routine can give you the freedom to go out au naturale without stressing over your large pores. Here are our best products to help you do just that:
L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Exfoliate & Refine Cleanser: This cleanser, which is formulated with three pure clays and red algae, removes impurities from your skin while also gently exfoliating, unclogging, and minimizing your pores. Your skin will be left feeling smoother and looking healthier, with a more refined texture.
L’Oréal Paris Pure-Sugar Purify & Unclog Kiwi Scrub: This face scrub will deeply and gently exfoliate your skin. Its formula contains three sugars and real kiwi seeds to leave you with skin that is smooth, soft, and free of any impurities. The scrub will also unclog and tighten your pores leaving them less visibly noticeable.
L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Exfoliate & Refining Face Mask: This face mask will exfoliate dead skin cells while unclogging and tightening your pores. Use the mask up to three times a week for 10-15 minutes to be left with a beautiful healthy glow and pores that appear minimized.
Have another skin care concern you’d prefer to conceal with makeup? Next, get the full breakdown on How to Cover Up Acne with Makeup.